Sonntag, 29. April 2012

TWD: Hungarian Shortbread

Shortbread is probably one of the best inventions ever! Althoug I am living next to Hungary I never recognised it's also a hungarian speciality.

The Hungarian Shortbread is two layers of shortbread dough and self-made rhubarb-jam in the middle. The rhubarb gives a perfect contrast to the sweet dough. I love rhubarb and it is just the perfect time of the year for it, because it grows everywhere at the moment. My jam didn't get the red colour, but that does make no difference for the taste.

I made only half the batch and reduced baking time tehrefore, probably a bit too much because it turned out almost too moisty. But besides that this is just great! I thought it's a bit time-consuming (the recipe is assembled fast, but you have to wait for the jam to cool down and the dough needs chilling, so it takes breaks) but still I am for sure going to do this again and angain!

If you want to find out about the recipe have a look at our TWD-hosts of the week: Lynette of 1smallkitchen and Cher of Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler… or just buy the book "Baking with Julia" by Dorie Greenspan and turn to pp.327/328.

Dienstag, 17. April 2012

TWD: Lemon Loaf Cake

Oh this was great! And as so often - the ones that sound least appealing to you are often the best recipes.
It was not really "not appelaing" to me but it did sound kind of boaring. Lemon Loaf, ok. But the resulty... yummi!

It was very easy in the making. I slightly reduced the amount of melted butter but kept the rest just as foreseen. Finally I did end up with a very moisty loaf cake, that had a perfect texture - soft, but dense enough to cut slices. And the taste was incredible! Three zested lemons make all the difference to an ordinary loaf cake.

If I were not that lazy I would have made an lemon icing (or white chocolate?) to dress it up. But I am. Lazy.

Because it's so easy and in the end so tasty this is really a keeper. What else can you ask for from a cake?

For the recipe have a look at our TWD-host's pages (Truc of Treats and Michelle of The Beauty of Life - both with wonderful pictures!) or open the book Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan on pp 252/253.

Dienstag, 3. April 2012

TWD: Pizza Rustica

It's Tuesday-with-Dorie-tuesday again and again I almost missed it. Maybe I should start baking something else in the weeks inbetween, because the 2-weekly-routine is just not made for me. Last time, I forgot to leave my link, this time, I almost forgot to blog.

Here is my Pizza Rustica attempt. I like that the new book includes also savory dishes and it perfectly fits the lenten season (I avoid sweets and alcohol during this time). As I don't eat meat I tried a vegetarian version, adding up more of the cheeses and a lot of spices, because the bacon would have brought a lot of salt and flavour I had to replace. (I wouldn't say I am vegetarian - I eat fish. And I would never say that I strictly deny meat always and forever. I just want it to be "worth" it, when I eat it. So, if it happens I eat some meat twice a year, that's still fine with me, but I want it to be "something special")

The "pizza" (I would rather call it a quiche, or tarte) was pretty pretty easy in the making and turned out fine. I liked the taste but am not completely satisfied with just putting in more cheese. I saw that some others used spinach or other vegetables. Dried tomatoes might be a good alternative, too.

If you want to find out about the original recipe, have a look into "Baking with Julia" by Dorie Greenspan (pp 430 and 431) or turn to the blogs of our hosts this week, Emily of Capitol Region Dining and Raelynn of The Place They Call Home.